Bleak House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mr. Skimpole's landlord has taken away Skimpole's ___________.

2. Miss Flite resides at ___________.

3. John Jarndyce explains to Esther that ___________.

4. Mr.Chadaband delivers a lecture to Jo regarding ___________.

5. A developing theme implies that ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. The story has turned into a whodunit. Why is lady Dedlock suspected of murdering Mr. Tulkinghorn?

2. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?

3. What is the significance of the "beadle" arriving at Nemo's death scene if any? What is the beadle?

4. Discuss Mr. Guppy's pursuit of Esther as he follows her around the city. How would this be viewed today?

5. How likely is it that Mr. Jarndyce would simply bow out and suggest Esther marry Woodcourt? Is this just common courtesy or this time in England?

6. Is Mr. Guppy appropriately named? Why, or why not?

7. George has been a wayward son of Mrs. Rouncewell's and has only now reacquainted himself with his brother. What is the new connection between them?

8. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?

9. Mr. Turveydrop, the elder, is a most unusual person. What exactly is his mental condition? Is he a healthy person? Is Dickens being facetious?

10. Explain Vholes' philosophy about the English legal system? Is it moral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dickens' writing style in Bleak House often resembles or illustrates his subject matter. Discuss this idea, and if you agree that this is the author's intent, provide examples.. Does this literary device help to drive home Dickens' points? Is there a name for this method? Give examples and quotes that illustrate how Dickens' writing mimics his subject matter.

Essay Topic 2

The story of Bleak House includes mistreated, abandoned, ill, homeless, and neglected children. In an essay, address each of these instances. Are they all associated with poverty? What is the point of making unfortunate children such a prominent part of this story?

Essay Topic 3

A "beadle" was something of a cross between a police officer and church official. Research the role of beadles in England in the 1800s. How did society view them at that time? It is helpful to re-read Chapter 11 of Bleak House about the beadle's arrival at Krook House at the time of Nemo's death.

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